Of all the New England states, these two have the most lighthouses and the least. There are 63 lights in Maine identified as active, the majority located on distant offshore islands. In New Hampshire there are five, three are on the same lake and aren't classified as aids to navigation. This project began near my Rhode Island home in October 2013 and I've traveled throughout the Northeast capturing the lighthouses and stars on the darkest of dark nights under clear skies during new moon phase. It has been challenging, sometimes dangerous but always rewarding. I've met hundreds of wonderful people along the way whose cooperation and willingness to help has not gone unnoticed. It could not have been done without this assistance and all of the help is greatly appreciated. As of Spring 2017 only a fraction of the Maine lights have been photographed but the hope is to get to them all in the coming months and years.
In December 2017, the first book "Stars and Lights: The Darkest of Dark Nights" was released to critical acclaim, and it has won numerous national and international book awards. The Stars & Lights Project has been adopted by the United States Lighthouse Society, and David Zapatka has been named an Ambassador for the organization. We hope to continue the night photography on the national level, and soon the entire collection will be available through the USLHS website.
I hope you enjoy these photographs and any can be purchased from me directly at [email protected]